Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

speechless Review: Speechless by Hannah HarringtonTitle: Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: August 28th 2012 by HarlequinTeen
Source: Edelweiss
5 owls Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington


Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.

My Thoughts

Chelsea was famous at her school for being the one who always had gossip. If you wanted to know who hooked up with whom, or who cheated on whom, she was the one who knew. And once she knew, there was nothing that could stop her from telling. But when she shares a super juicy secret that ends in near-tragedy, she declares herself speechless in an attempt to stop her rumor-spreading ways.

I loved the characterization in this novel. Every single person was believably real and flawed. Chelsea was your typical high school gossip girl. She wasn’t quite the queen bee, but she was the queen bee’s right hand woman and loved her status as such. She knew that spreading secrets would get her attention, and she loved it. Her “before” friends were typical jerky jocks and bitchy princesses, but her “after” friends were awesome. Kind and friendly people that I would totally want as my friends in real life. They played a huge part in helping Chelsea see that she had the ability to become the person she really wanted to be. I loved every one of them, even with their flaws. They were angry and flirty and bossy, but underneath it all, they were genuinely nice people.

Chelsea’s transformation from gossip queen to regular old teenager was real and honest. At first, she didn’t think she could go an hour without talking, but she stuck to it and managed to make it work. It was interesting to follow along as she learned how powerful words can be. You could really see that she was learning things about herself, and others, along the way. She started out thinking she was weak, but she really showed her strength as she learned to stand up (silently) to those who ridiculed her, some of them quite cruelly. There was a bit of romance, and it was yummy. Sweet and swoon-worthy.

Hannah Harrington has a gift with words and Speechless has made me put her on my auto-buy list. In fact, I was gifted her previous book, Saving June, several months ago and I’m kicking myself for not having read it yet. I can’t wait to dive in and see if it can live up to my high expectations.

The cover is perfect. The simple white with an absence of color or decoration matches the absence of speech in Chelsea’s life.

The sum up

I absolutely loved this and didn’t want it to ever end.

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  1. Sabrina says:

    I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters. I want so badly for more, though I know that’s not going to happen. Mark of a good book, guys. Mark of a good book.
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